You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘Twitter’ tag.
My follows on Twitter are mostly people in the science blogging circles, and when I was scrolling through my Twitter feed last Friday morning, I noticed a lot of people talking about the hashtag #sciencegirlthing.
Well, that’s not quite right — it sounded like women and men all over the Twittersphere had found the New Great Evil Against Science and were halfway through a public stoning.
So I clicked the link and watched the video:
My immediate reaction was a little laughter — especially when I saw the E.U. logo pop up in the end. I thought to myself, “Ha! Of course this had to be European.” The trailer, designed for a European Union science outreach campaign called “Science: It’s a girl thing”, had the kitch of a Mentos commercial and the gloss of a Spice Girls music video (admit it, you remember them) and that effortless continental chic.
Those Awkward Teenage Years
Over the past few days, the video has been slammed throughout the web for fostering stereotypes, sexist clichés, Hollywood glitz, et cetera. Many commented how this was a terrible way to encourage teenage girls into scientific careers, and how instead of catering to popular stereotypes, people should focus on highlighting the excitement and wonder of science and research.
But you know what I was worried about when I was 13 years old?
Girls, and whether they liked me. And being envious of the good-looking popular kids.
Not science or careers.